Dune Proves That A Faithful Adaptation Doesn't Always Make A Great Movie

Dune Proves That A Faithful Adaptation Doesn't Always Make A Great Movie
"They have tried to take the life of my son!"

These are the words angrily spoken and repeatedly brooded over by the Duke Leto Atreides at a pivotal moment relatively early on in author Frank Herbert's "Dune." Paul, Leto's son and heir, has just narrowly survived an assassination attempt by a poison-tipped "Hunter-Seeker" drone, mere days after relocating to the unforgiving and dangerous desert world of Arrakis. From a narrative point of view, this shocking event accomplishes a few key goals: it exposes the hubris and overconfidence of the Atreides clan, particularly the shortcomings of the Duke's trusted (but elderly) lieutenant Thufir Hawat; puts...

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